in the State of
is designed to cover all employees in the event of an
on-site injury, work-related driving incident or rehabilitation time
due to repetitive work injuries. It should be a relatively simple
process, but the laws are constantly changing in favor of employers
and insurance companies.
If you are finding it difficult to
start or get through the workers’ compensation process, talk to the
workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Mario
. We want to help you understand your rights, protect your
interests and get the benefits you deserve. Here, we’ll answer your
frequently asked questions about the New York workers’ compensation
laws. If you need our help we are there for you through the end.
What should be my first steps when
I’ve been hurt on the job?
- Your first step should be, if
you can, to notify your employer. If you are not conscious, make
sure that any witnesses inform your employer so that the accident
can be recorded. Any hesitation on your employer’s end should be
noted as strike one.
- Seek medical attention.
Working through an injury will not garner you any favors. It only
exacerbates the injury and will only hurt your worker’s
compensation claim if it gets worse. If your employer tries to make
you sign something that says ‘you’re fine’, consider this
What should I expect at the
emergency room/trauma center?
- Expect to be drug tested.
Their first course of action will be to make this about you. Even
with certain medications in your system, your workers’
compensation attorney can still make an airtight case for you.
- Your employer shouldn’t be
there. By law, your employer should not be there to speak to
your medical professionals about you. If they are, this is
definitely strike three.
Does informing my employer start a
- It should. If they are
hesitant about filing a claim or state outright that they will
challenge your claim, you should have attorney on your side.
Do I have to go to the doctor my
employer recommends or can I see my own doctor?
- Yes, and it may be important to
do both. You may be required to get an examination from your
employer’s doctor of choice, but you can always get a second
opinion. Just know that there are some tests, while they may
accurately diagnose your condition, may not be covered by the
workers’ compensation guidelines.
What if my doctor recommends a
treatment that is not covered under general guidelines?
- It’s up to your doctor to get
the approval. They must submit the forms to the committee that
presents the need for the specialized test. If the case cannot be
made it will not be paid by your workers’ comp benefits.
Do I have to prepare for a hearing
with the Workers’ Compensation Board?
- Not always. There are times
when your claim is approved with no disagreements. But if your
employer challenges your claim, insisting you were injured by your
own negligence or you are exaggerating your injury, there will be a
hearing. This would be the best time to call your workers’
compensation attorney from Law Offices of Mario Crisafulli. They
have the expertise to put the law on your side and prepare you for
The workers’ compensation process in
New York is an elaborate process. The workers’ compensation
attorneys at the Law Offices of Mario Crisafulli can help you
navigate successfully to get the compensation and medical coverage
you need. There is no fee if we don’t collect for you. You have
only 30 days to file your claim. Schedule your free consultation with